Shubbak Festival

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

I’m beyond excited to be attending this year’s Shubbak Festival in London. It includes a weekend of events related to Arab Literature. The highlight, for me, will be the panel “Science Fiction in the Arab World.” (Haven’t I been saying this is a thing?) I can’t wait to bring my notes and ideas home to share, along with book recommendations.

What: Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture

When: July 24–26, 2015

Where: The British Library, London, UK

If you’re planning to be there, or have a question you’d like me to ask, let me know! In the meantime, I’ll be busy preparing in the most fun way possible (for a bookworm): digging into a pile of exciting novels, graphic novels, and other literature whose authors will be presenting at the festival.

Back in the workshop groove!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Five years ago, I moved away from Portland, Oregon, which took me away from an informal and much-loved writing group. It’s been a long time since I sat around a table and talked about fiction with fellow writers. Needing some fresh air in my writing life, I signed up for a class at the rave-reviewed The Grotto, a creative space in San Francisco that hosts all kinds of writing workshops.

What: The Craft of Developing Dramatic Emotions 

Who: Junse Kim, instructor and author

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m., January 28-February 25, 2015

Where: The Grotto, 490 2nd St., San Francisco

How Much: Inexpensive enough that I might make this a regular thing.

My piece on the Oakland Triathlon Club in Oakland Magazine

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

My article on how “a new run-bike-swim club wants to popularize an elite sport for everyone” is on shelves today in the East Bay!

Prez Chris Van Luen talking to kids on our visit to the YMCA in April.

Prez Chris Van Luen talking to kids on our visit to the YMCA in April.

Hooray for a feature spot in this summer’s Oakland Magazine!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

I spent most of the weekend hammering out a 1,200-word article about the Oakland Triathlon Club and its efforts to improve beginners’ access to our notoriously expensive sport. (Sometimes I joke that a drug habit would be a cheaper and more efficient use of time.)  Club president Chris Van Luen encouraged me to aim high with this one, but I submitted the article yesterday morning still wondering if it was presumptuous to submit an unsolicited “feature” article.

I got a call from the editor about two hours later. We’re going to be featured! Maybe even on the cover. And I’ll be writing regularly for Oakland Magazine. Look for the OTC article in the July/August issue (I’ll post a link when it’s live), and possibly a guide to East Bay bookstores sometime this fall. Other pieces are already in the works.

So… ahem. That went better than expected. Thank you, everyone who took the time to speak with me about the club and the August 30, first-ever Oakland Triathlon. See you all on the course!

It’s official: ROOM 100 has an agent

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

I couldn’t be happier to announce that Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency is representing my novel, ROOM 100. Jenny has seen a lot of my work since the 2009 Backspace Writers Conference in NYC, and one entirely different novel later, as well as many revisions, an amazing freelance editor, and the timely support of so many friends and loved ones, my writing got better.

As I work on revisions, I’m reminded that the desire to get better–along with a love of storytelling–is something that hasn’t changed since that day in high school when I picked up a pen and green spiral notebook, and started to write.

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